The week’s news

Welcome to this morning’s service Today our service will be led by Terry Frost and the speaker is Michael Chambers. Tea and coffee will be served in the back hall after the service.

Next Sunday there will be a bring and share lunch to round off our Weekend Away at Home. Philip and Anne’s and Jeremy and Philippa’s groups will be responsible for setting up and clearing away.

A prayer meeting, to which everyone is invited, is held every Sunday morning from approx 10.00 am -10.15 am in the upstairs room. We would encourage all who are taking part in the service and youth activities to attend.

Prayer If you would like someone to pray with you after the service Rachel and Andy Mugford will be available.

 Security Rota Philip Reeve is responsible for locking up this week. Next week it will be Andrew Mugford.

Weekend Away at Home If you are planning to be at some or all of the meals next weekend (we would love you all to be there) we need to know otherwise it makes catering VERY difficult. There is a list on the notice board in the back hall for you to tick which meals you require and what jobs you can help with. Please have a look at it this morning as the Weekend Away at Home is approaching fast.    

The Mugford Family  There are lots of changes happening in the Mugford household. Hannah is now in America ready to start her training with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) and next weekend Lydia is off to Nottingham University. Please pray for Lydia and Hannah as they start this new phase in their lives and for Andy and Rachel too as they “look forward” to starting with Counties in the New Year. 

House GroupsShirley’s group will be meeting at Julians.For the other two Thursday groups please contact your home group leaders for details of venues.The Friday group will not be meeting on Friday but will instead be meeting for coffee at the lock tearooms at 10.30am on Thursday.

Sunday 21st September 6.00 pm. Tile Kiln Church Chelmsford invite us to meet Dr Colleen Redit and her colleagues who will be reporting on the work of the Christian Missions Charitable Trust in Chennai (formerly Madras) in Southern India.

Prayer requestsPlease continue to pray for Phil Rowden and his boys, for Doreen as she recovers from her hip replacement operation and for Shirley and David Webb.

The “open The Book” project is resourced by The Bible Society and aimed at going into local primary schools and is run by Christians from local churches.  Such a project is being launched in Maldon, to start in the new year.  There are full details on the website at www.openthebook.net but, in short, it involves volunteers going into the schools (about an hour a week) to present Bible stories and build relationships with staff and children. The aim is to present the bible in an accessible and enjoyable way, and enable children to engage imaginatively with the stories. The Bible Society oversight does mean strictly avoiding sermonizing or added spin but allowing, indeed trusting, each bible story to speak for itself; either immediately or at some time in their future lives which for a lot of children nowadays would otherwise be void of any knowledge or thought of the bible.

The storytellers who bring the stories to life through drama ( but maybe via different talents or supporting roles, from narration to acting to props ideas to costume making) are part of a team that would go into the school. There are 105 stories in a three year rolling programme and It would need a minimum of 12 people, preferably 20 but involve as many people as possible so that people don’t have to commit to more than whatever time they can manage. The setting-up training session is on Saturday 18th October, from 9.30am until 3pm in the D’Arcy Chapel at All Saints, Maldon.  Light buffet lunch will be provided (small donation towards cost welcome but not obligatory!) Gilly, Ralph and Andy Mugford are booked in but it would be great to have more from Fullbridge there too.  Please can you let Viv Clark know (tel.  01621 740374) if you are able to attend; very much hope you can! (But please don’t be put off if you can’t).

Remember: OCC will soon be upon us. Please remember the shoeboxes when you shop and maybe pick up an extra toothbrush, bar of soap or toothpaste. Any items can be given to Gilly, Louise or Ann Frost.

Interact (fromSGM Open Doors) There is a new issue of this magazine in the rack.

Children and Young People’s Groups on Sunday mornings.

On the first Sunday of the month we all stay together in Church. On the remaining Sundays the children join the first part of the service, then go to separate parts of the building for their activities. We have three groups:

Mustard: an Early Years group, with crèche, downstairs in the Back Hall.

Pepper: a Junior group, for up to secondary school age, upstairs in the Green Room.

Salt: a group for School Years 7 to 11, upstairs in the Youth Room on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.